Idaho Schools Face Cuts, Agencies Face Elimination
Two months before the 2010 Idaho Legislature convenes, the session's bitter tenor is set: Public education funding is due to be slashed again and state agencies now scraping to get by could be eliminated to help cover a remaining $52 million budget shortfall.
Speaking Wednesday at the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho annual conference in Boise, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter ruled out an income tax increase, including a hike on those earning more than $50,000 suggested last week by a minority Democrat.
"Those who are successful ought to be celebrated and rewarded," Otter told lobbyists and politicians. "I'm resisting the effort...
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